Do you have a little one that loves zoo animals? This is a simple cake that will delight them.
Fondant can create some great looking cakes but if you are hesitant to try working with it, this type of cake is a good way to start. Nothing can be simpler than rolling out fondant and using cookie cutters of your favourite shapes and then adding them to a cake. For a cake like this, be sure to do the fondant cutouts at least a day or two ahead and let them dry out on wax paper so they hold their shape once on the cake. Needless to say you can use any cookie cutters to create the theme you want.
Nina’s first birthday cake was a basic layered cake covered with buttercream. If you go for the ‘rustic’ look, even the buttercream is easy. Cover the cake as smoothly as you can then just take a small palate knife (or even a dinner knife if need be) and carefully press into the cake as you turn it. Start at the bottom and add a line one above the next until you reach the top.
A turntable does make this easier to keep the lines as straight as possible as the cake turns but it can be done without one too. The rough edges created by the knife give the rustic look and are a simple way to decorate a buttercream cake.
Once that it done, simply press the cutout fondant pieces gently into the buttercream and you’re done! These same fondant cutouts also work well as toppers on cupcakes…